I’ve been doing it wrong for years.
And I only realised last week.
To start at the start, I reread The Ivy Look, by Graham Marsh and JP Gaul.
Great little tome, mapping out the details of the Ivy League style.
Especially great considering this is one of the key roots of Mod itself.
It also has some great pics in it, in that old-skool 1960s artistic style.
But that’s a bonus.
The great bit was that for ages I saw this thing called the “Tab Collar”.
Which is literally the worst name ever. It sounds like something a computer would wear.
“Tab” always meant to me, a kind of bland, square collar and I just assumed it referred to the standard everyday collar you might see in an office.
i.e. boring af.
The Tab is the bit that clips around the back of the tie that draws the collar together to make it that smooth roll-shape that any Mod or fashionista highly approve of.
Closes all the gaps in the collar, fits snugly over the knot of the tie, with no buttons in sight.
In the words of The Ivy Look, this is “the epitome of the Ivy League style.”
As usual in this situation, I am now obsessed with it.
Every day at work when I should be concentrating on my laptop screen.
Looking at spreadsheets that tell me where Hampshire Local Authority are going to be building their new public service hub (or something)
All I see is a nice snug tab collar and tie.
It’s the new autumn look for 2017 I’ve decided.
Throw out all your button-downs, this is the new (old) thing.